• Class of 2018

  • Major, MinorPsychology, Theology

Michael changed his major three times during his first year before he declared psychology. "I thought psychology would best prepare me to serve others and promote social justice, emotional well-being, and mental health," says the senior from Massachusetts who later added a minor in theology. "My professors and mentors have always encouraged me to look for a deeper meaning and consider various possibilities. They have sharpened my critical thinking skills, writing abilities, and allowed me to explore topics of justice and ethics as I prepare to graduate into a world so in need of moral leaders." Early on in his time at Loyola, Michael attended a Pre-Fall Program through Campus Ministry. He began working in the office during his sophomore year, and this year he served as the coordinator for Loyola's Kairos Retreat in addition to working as the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Program intern. "My most influential mentor during my time at Loyola has been Rev. John P. Murray, S.J., who has constantly supported me in my professional role in Campus Ministry, my own search for a vocation, and my growth as a whole person," says Michael. After graduation, Michael will pursue his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Boston College, where his program combines training in research, teaching, clinical work, and social justice advocacy. In the future, Michael looks forward to treating patients, teaching, conducting socially relevant research, and advocating in the legal system.

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My time at Loyola has taught me to ask the difficult questions, challenge the status quo, but most of all, to discern. Discernment, for me, is a tool I will carry with me long after graduation as I navigate career paths, professional challenges, family life, and civic engagement.

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